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The Biological Basis and Treatment of Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Call for Papers

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to interact socially and communicate and behave normally as compared to typically developing children. An ASD diagnosis is marked by a spectrum that displays a wide range of severity from mildly affected to severely affected. Some children have neurodevelopmental issues that are found in ASD such as speech delay and/or issues related to of behavior or socialization; however, some may not meet the criteria for an ASD.

Alarmingly, the current rate of ASD in the United States (US) is 1 in 50 children, and the current rate of neurodevelopmental disorders in children in the US is 1 in 6 children. These rates represent a dramatic increase over the past two decades. Every effort should be made to promote research into the cause and treatment, even research that could be considered controversial. This special issue has a broad focus, with the goal of promoting and building scientific knowledge and the professional discussion on the mechanisms underlying the disease pathology and the treatments in ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders in general. Both empirical and review paper submissions are welcome, including research that might be considered controversial. Research into the interactions between genes and exposure is also welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Underlying disease pathology
  • Various treatments
  • Issues of exposure
  • Issues of susceptibility
  • Biomarkers
  • Epidemiology
  • Issues of controversy in autism
  • Importance of timing and developmental periods
  • Incongruencies between parental and expert reports
  • Oral care for individuals with autism
  • Relationship of environmental and familial factors
  • Comparative treatment methods focused on evidence building
  • Best and evidence-based practices

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/pediatrics/bbt/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 11 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 4 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 29 August 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Janet K. Kern, Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, USA

Guest Editors

  • Mark Geier, Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • David Geier, Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • Maria Dorota Majewska, Marie Curie Chairs Program at the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology of the Nervous System, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, Poland
  • Jose G. Dórea, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasília, DF, Brazil
  • Jyutika Mehta, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Woman's University, 304 Administration Drive, Denton, TX, USA